Reliance not to broadcast Pakistan Super League due to Pulwama attack


The Pakistan Cricket Board has named the Blitz and Trans Group consortium as the new live production partner of this year's Pakistan Super League after the IMG-Reliance agency withdrew from its deal for the Twenty20 competition.

On February 14 India witnessed a ghastly attack in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir when a convoy of vehicles carrying 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans was attacked by a suicide bomber from Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

PCB has found a replacement for the remainder of the tournament with consortium of Blitz and Trans Group to help produce the PSL. "Due to unfortunate events a couple of days back which resulted in the death of Indian soldiers, IMG Reliance is pulling out with immediate effects, from offering broadcast production services for PSL. But now we are hoping things will go ahead as planned", he said. The acrimony spilled over into cricket, not just with IMG-Reliance's decision, but with TV channel DSports ceasing broadcasting of the PSL in India. "History tells us that sports, particularly cricket, have always played a key role in building bridges between people and countries", the statement added.

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"Blitz and Trans Group will start their coverage when the matches resume on Wednesday, 20 February, and will continue to provide the same high quality coverage which the followers experienced in the earlier games of the event". "The PCB always had a contingency plan in place, and we are confident we will be in a position to announce the new partner on Monday after the completion of the formalities", said PCB's Managing Director Wasim Khan.

The PCB has said it will take up with the BCCI the "regrettable" removal of pictures of its former players at a couple of venues in India, owing to the Pulwama terror attack, during an ICC meeting next month.